WTA Moscow Tournament Director Alexey Selivanenko says tournaments will suffer from the coronavirus pandemic as many of them won't be able to keep their current prize money. The tennis season has been suspended since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak and there won't be any Tour events taking place until at least early-August.
In the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, players weren't too optimistic about seeing any tennis tennis for the rest of the 2020 but now the chances have improved and there is a solid chance the season will resume.
Moscow hosts an ATP and a WTA event late in the year and there is definitely a chance the Kremlin Cup organizers won't have to cancel this year's events. "The vast majority of tournament organizers won't be able to keep the current level of prize money," Selivanenko said.
Moscow has a rich history The Kremlin Cup in Moscow was founded in 1990 and since then it has progressed to an ATP 250 event and a WTA Premier event respectively.
WTA Moscow tournament director Alexey Selivanenko: "The vast majority of tournament organizers won't be able to keep the current level of prize money." — Oleg S. (@AnnaK_4ever) June 4, 2020
For the first several years ago, Moscow was hosting only a men's event but since 1997 Moscow has had a women's event as well. From 1997 to 2008, Moscow was hosting a WTA Tier l event -- before it got upgraded to a WTA Premier event.
Last year, WTA Moscow had a tournament prize money of $1,032,000. Belinda Bencic, seeded at No. 3, made it all the way at the tournament last year after beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final. "It feels unbelievable right now.
I still can't imagine it," Bencic said in her on-court interview after the victory. "I had no pressure going into this match. We were so happy yesterday, celebrating [Shenzhen] and this is the cherry on top."
World No. 8 Bencic was ready to play the qualifying event in Moscow but there was no need after she received a wildcard. "I was actually prepared to play qualifiers. It was so good to be handed a wildcard, because if I didn’t, I would have played three matches in qualies," Bencic said.
"It saved up my powers, because I didn’t play three matches to get into the main draw and I skipped the first round of the main draw getting a bye. For me, it was an amazing chance. I was dreaming of such a result, but I didn’t expect it." This year's WTA event in Moscow is scheduled to take place from October 19-25.